Mike is a designer and maker who enjoys working and thinking across scales, disciplines and materials. His current work includes architecture, furniture design, lighting design and architectural fabrication. He has four years of experience as an architectural designer and three years of experience working in fabrication.
He was born in Poland, and was raised in the Piedmont of North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and a Master of Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, NY. He has worked in residential architecture in coastal North Carolina and sustainable institutional architecture in San Francisco.
Mike is currently developing a line of furniture as FAR FOUND with several Colombian manufacturers, and is collaborating on other work with studioFORGE.
He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Ferra Designs Inc, Brooklyn, NY, US, Design Developer
Design development and project management responsibilities at a leading architectural metal fabrication shop in New York City. Created computer models, and shop and fabrication drawings. Produced part files for waterjet cutting, laser cutting, break press forming and rolling. Coordinated with architects, engineers, contractors and clients. Completed site surveys and installations of completed pieces. Currently finishing the production and installation phase of an Olson Kundig-designed penthouse and an elliptical staircase in Southampton.
Deborah Nevins & Associates, Inc., New York, NY, US, Draftsperson
Created landscape CDs for the 42 acre Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens designed by Renzo Piano.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Assistant Furniture Shop Technician
Critiqued student work, assisted students in the fabrication of studio projects and maintained shop equipment.
EHDD, San Francisco, CA, US, Architectural Designer
Completed work at many scales and design phases at the firm founded by AIA Gold Medalist Joseph Esherick. Completed schematic design work for a new wing at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a feasibility study for a 30,000 sq ft medical research building and campus master plan, a marine biology research center, and an interactive marine biology museum. Created CDs for the renovation of a 25 building residential campus and Student Union building at UC Berkeley, a 25-story condominium in San Francisco, and a LEED certified school library and multimedia lab. Assisted in CA for a new 90,000 sq ft university library.
Michael Ross Kersting Architecture, Wilmington, NC, US, Architectural Designer
Designed and managed a 3000 sq ft beach house, a 1000 sq ft detached pool house, and a carriage house renovation. Created CDs for a 32,000 sq ft steel urban condominium. Developed schematic sketches into CDs for a five-phase artist’s compound. Assisted the principal in the design of a 2400 sq ft residence from programming to permitting. Developed the firm's computing standards. Interacted with clients to produce six program books for custom homes and an urban condominium project.
Pratt Institute, Masters, Industrial Design
Completed the Master of Industrial Design program at Pratt Institute.
Washington University in St. Louis, Bachelors, Architecture
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Summa Cum Laude.